Team 1 Newsletter Term 3 2017

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we continue to grow in size, we welcome a new teacher in our team this term. Mrs Ann Morris will be teaching in Room 23. We also said farewell to Mrs Mabbott at the end of last term. We are lucky to have Miss McLean join us.

To contact us:

Room 1 Miss Sally-Anne Doré

Room 2 Miss Lisa McLean

Room 4: Mrs Steph Masefield and Miss Becky Taylor

Room 23: Mrs Ann Morris

Room 24 (Discovery) Mrs Helen Barlow and Mrs Jo Barker


We find email contact with parents an effective way to keep in touch, especially those who are not able to visit the school regularly. We encourage you to email us. Please email us a short message so we can create a class list to help us with contacting everyone.

A few reminders:

  • No nuts or nut products at school
  • Brain food is fruit or vege. Please put in a (named) separate bag or container
  • School begins at 9am. Arrive with time for your child to settle
  • If your child arrives after the bell, they must report to “Mrs Watson’s window”
  • Lunch orders can be ordered on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
  • Bookbags and home learning books need to come to school every day
  • Reader books will not be given unless the previous day’s book is returned. Please keep these books in both the plastic bag and the bookbag to protect them. Each book costs approximately $7-10.


Reporting to Parents:

Late in the term, classes are open for an afternoon to enable the children to show family through their rooms. The children will talk about what they are learning and their goals and next steps. We call this “Sharing the Learning”.

Dates for your diary:

Please read the notes in the school newsletter (emailed to you and available on the school website) and on the school noticeboard as additional information is available on these.

  • Assembly led by Rooms 1 and 24 Friday 4th August
  • Assembly led by Rooms 2 and 4 Friday 11th August
  • Sharing the Learning Thursday 21 September (pop in any time between 3 and 6)


Play Based Learning:

“Play is a state of mind rather than an activity”.

(Stuart Brown 2010: Play; How it shapes the brain, opens imagination and invigorates the soul).

The word ‘play’, like other words in language, is culturally loaded and it has a value rating in people’s minds. The value rating in nearly all Western adult minds falls below the value rating of the word ‘work’. “Just playing” is like being “just a housewife”! Play is an important job of the child.As children play they wonder “what if I..”, they take risks and, yes, sometimes (usually) this is failure prone, but we learn through taking risks, failing, adapting and trying again. The imagination is where every single creation begins. Invention, problem solving, innovation and creation are all characterised by bringing images from the playground-of –the-brain out into the world.

(Pennie Brownlee with Kimberley Crisp (2016) The Sacred Urge to Play).



For our Play based Learning we would like:

PVC piping or plastic guttering offcuts for sandpit and water play

Trampoline springs

Swing ball poles


Old sink, pots, teapots

Wicker baskets


If you have access to any of these please let us know.


Many thanks from us all for your interest and support. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us or email us if you would like to discuss anything.

Kind regards

Sally-Anne Doré, Lisa McLean, Helen Barlow, Jo Barker, Ann Morris, Becky Taylor and Steph Masefield (Team Leader)